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QUEENSRŸCHE albums 'Operation: Mindcrime' and 'Empire' due next week as Box Set Collections

18-06-2021

On June 25, Capitol/UMe celebrates two landmark progressive metal albums by QUEENSRŸCHE. The breakthrough collection “Operation: Mindcrime” and its successful follow-up, “Empire”, will be released in multiple formats. In addition to the original versions remastered for CD and 180-gram vinyl 2LP, both titles will be available in expanded 2CD editions and in multi-disc CD+DVD box sets that stand as the final word on these albums, which carried the ambitious conceptual approach of such artists as THE WHO and PINK FLOYD to a new decade and to a new hard rock audience.

Newly mastered at Abbey Road Studios, the deluxe versions of these remarkable albums bring together all the available recordings in 10″ x 10″ boxes that also contain DVDs of accompanying promotional videos and live performances of the albums. The live audio material revisits QUEENSRŸCHE’s worldwide headlining status during the “Building Empires” tour, an 18-month trek that saw the band headline arenas after previous high-profile supporting slots on the DEF LEPPARD “Hysteria” and METALLICA “…And Justice For All” tours. The “Operation: Mindcrime” deluxe features live audio concerts from London’s Hammersmith Odeon in 1990 and Wisconsin’s Target Center in 1991, plus a DVD that also includes the bonus track “The Making of Operation: Mindcrime” and an “Operation: Mindcrime” TV spot. The “Empire” deluxe version completes the Hammersmith Odeon 1990 concert with the live audio from the non-“Mindcrime” setlist. Geoff Tate, inducted into the 2020 Metal Hall Of Fame, sheds new light on “Operation: Mindcrime” and “Empire” in extended interviews with noted journalist Alex Milas for the liner notes.

The deluxe versions of “Operation: Mindcrime” (originally released May 1988) and “Empire” (originally released August 1990) are available for preorder now. Ahead of — and leading up to — the releases, the celebration of these comprehensive box sets and releases includes a weekly premiere of remastered high-definition video on QUEENSRŸCHE’s official YouTube channel. With its sinister backdrops, a dramatic unfolding of characters and QUEENSRŸCHE’s high-octane stage performance, the “Operation: Mindcrime” HD remastered video, available now, provides a glimpse into the album’s intricate concept. The HD remastered video rollout for “Operation: Mindcrime” continues with “Eyes Of A Stranger” and Grammy-nominated single for “Best Metal Performance” “I Don’t Believe In Love”, all of which bring the plot to life. HD remastered video premieres from “Empire” are the title track, “Empire”“Best I Can”“Anybody Listening?”, the Grammy-nominated No. 1 rock hit “Silent Lucidity” (June 18) and, on release day, June 25, remastered HD videos will premiere for two more fan favorites “Another Rainy Night (Without You)” and “Jet City Woman”.

QUEENSRŸCHE’s third studio album, “Operation: Mindcrime”, took the quintet to an entirely new level. The concept, revealed through the songs, revolves around the character of Nikki, a recovering drug addict disillusioned with a corrupt society. Drawn into a cult-like revolutionary group headed by Dr. X (voiced by the late and beloved British actor Anthony Valentine), Nikki is manipulated to assassinate political leaders until his friendship with nun Sister Mary finally opens his eyes to the truth. Regarded as one of the greatest concept metal albums of all time, “Operation: Mindcrime” was certified platinum in 1991 in the U.S. and was ranked in the “Top 100 Metal Albums Of All Time” by both Kerrang! and Billboard magazines. Rolling Stone included it on a similar list, noting that “nearly 30 years after its initial release, ‘Mindcrime’ feels eerily relevant.”

Reaching No. 7 on the Billboard album chart, the follow-up, “Empire”, built upon the success of “Operation: Mindcrime”. Produced, like its predecessor, by Peter Collins (BON JOVIRUSHALICE COOPER), the collection features brilliant and intelligent lyrics and songwriting complemented by incredible musicianship, with songs ranging from beautiful ballads to strong melodic rockers and classic heavy fist-pumpers. A rarity at the time, “Empire” spawned six singles that lit up Billboard’s rock tracks chart with the Top 10 hits “Silent Lucidity” (No. 1), “Jet City Woman” (No. 6), “Another Rainy Night (Without You)” (No. 7) and Top 30 hits “Anybody Listening?” (No. 16), “Empire” (No. 22) and “Best I Can” (No. 28). The power ballad “Silent Lucidity” was the band’s first crossover hit, topping the Billboard rock singles chart and reaching No. 9 on the Billboard Hot 100. “Silent Lucidity” also earned a Grammy nomination for “Best Rock Vocal Performance By A Duo Or Group” and received an MTV “Viewer’s Choice” award. RIAA-certified triple-platinum, “Empire” is the band’s most commercially successful album to date.

Progressive metal greats QUEENSRŸCHE emerged from Bellevue, Washington, in 1982 and have sold more than 30 million albums worldwide.

“Operation: Mindcrime” 4CD/1DVD Deluxe Version

CD1

  1. I Remember Now
    02. Anarchy-X
    03. Revolution Calling
    04. Operation: Mindcrime
    05. Speak
    06. Spreading The Disease
    07. The Mission
    08. Suite Sister Mary
    09. The Needle Lies
    10. Electric Requiem
    11. Breaking The Silence
    12. I Don’t Believe In Love
    13. Waiting For 22
    14. My Empty Room
    15. Eyes Of A Stranger

CD2

  1. I Don’t Believe In Love – Extended Version
    02. The Mission – Live At The Hammersmith Odeon, London, 1990
    03. My Empty Room – Live At The Astoria Theatre, London, 1994
    04. Interview With Queensrÿche
    05. Overseeing The Operation
    06. The Lady Wore Black – Live From Wisconsin, 1991
    07. Roads To Madness – Live From Wisconsin, 1991

CD3 “Operation: Mindcrime” Live At Hammersmith Odeon, London, England, 1990

  1. I Remember Now
    02. Anarchy-X
    03. Revolution Calling
    04. Operation: Mindcrime
    05. Speak
    06. Spreading The Disease
    07. The Mission
    08. Suite Sister Mary
    09. The Needle Lies
    10. Electric Requiem
    11. Breaking The Silence
    12. I Don’t Believe In Love
    13. Waiting For 22
    14. My Empty Room
    15. Eyes Of A Stranger

CD4 “Operation: Mindcrime” Live From Wisconsin, 1991

  1. I Remember Now
    02. Anarchy-X
    03. Revolution Calling
    04. Operation: Mindcrime
    05. Speak
    06. Spreading The Disease
    07. The Mission
    08. Suite Sister Mary
    09. The Needle Lies
    10. Electric Requiem
    11. Breaking The Silence
    12. I Don’t Believe In Love
    13. Waiting For 22
    14. My Empty Room
    15. Eyes Of A Stranger

DVD “Operation: Mindcrime” Live / Promo Videos

  1. I Remember Now(Concert Film) – Live On Location In Wisconsin, 1991
    02. Anarchy-X (Music Video) – Live On Location In Wisconsin, 1988
    03. Revolution Calling (Concert Film) – Live On Location In Wisconsin, 1991
    04. Operation: Mindcrime (Concert Film) – Live On Location In Wisconsin, 1991
    05. Speak (Concert Film) – Live On Location In Wisconsin, 1991
    06. Spreading The Disease (Concert Film) – Live On Location In Wisconsin, 1991
    07. The Mission (Music Video) – Live On Location In Wisconsin, 1988
    08. Suite Sister Mary (Concert Film) – Live On Location In Wisconsin, 1991
    09. The Needle Lies (Concert Film) – Live On Location in Wisconsin, 1991
    10. Electric Requiem (Music Video) – Live On Location In Wisconsin, 1988
    11. Breaking The Silence (Music Video) – Live On Location In Wisconsin, 1988
    12. I Don’t Believe In Love (Concert Film) – Live On Location In Wisconsin, 1991
    13. Waiting For 22 (Concert Film) – Live On Location In Wisconsin, 1991
    14. My Empty Room (Music Video) – Live On Location In Wisconsin, 1988
    15. Eyes Of A Stranger (Concert Film) – Live On Location In Wisconsin, 1991
    16. Operation Livecrime End Credits (Concert Film)
    17. I Remember Now (Concert Film)
    18. Anarchy-X (Concert Film)
    19. Revolution Calling (Music Video)
    20. Operation: Mindcrime (Music Video)
    21. Speak (Music Video)
    22. Breaking The Silence (Music Video)
    23. I Don’t Believe In Love (Music Video)
    24. Waiting For 22 (Concert Film)
    25. Eyes Of A Stranger (Concert Film)
    26. Operation: Mindcrime End Credits (Concert Film)
    27. I Don’t Believe In Love (Concert Film) 2019 Remaster
    28. The Making of Operation: Mindcrime (Behind the Scenes) – Bonus Track
    29. I Don’t Believe In Love
    30. Eyes Of A Stranger
    31. Revolution Calling
    32. Operation: Mindcrime (Trailers/Teasers) – Bonus Track
    33. Revolution Calling
    34. Eyes Of A Stranger
    35. I Don’t Believe In Love
    36. Menu / Queensrÿche / Operation: Mindcrime (Concert Film)

“Empire” 3CD/1DVD deluxe version

CD1

  1. Best I Can
    02. The Thin Line
    03. Jet City Woman
    04. Della Brown
    05. Another Rainy Night (Without You)
    06. Empire
    07. Resistance
    08. Silent Lucidity
    09. Hand On Heart
    10. One And Only
    11. Anybody Listening?

CD2

  1. Last Time In Paris– (Bonus Track)
    02. Scarborough Fair – (Bonus Track)
    03. Dirty Lil Secret – (Bonus Track)
    04. Silent Lucidity – Edit
    05. Empire – Edit
    06. I Dream In Infrared – Acoustic Version
    07. Prophecy – Live In Tokyo
    08. Best I Can – Radio Edit
    09. Anybody Listening? -Radio Edit

CD3 Empire Live At Hammersmith Odeon, London, England 1990

  1. Resistance
    02. Walk in The Shadows
    03. Best I Can
    04. Empire
    05. The Thin Line
    06. Jet City Woman
    07. Roads To Madness
    08. Silent Lucidity
    09. Hand On Heart
    10. Take Hold Of The Flame

DVD

  1. Building Empires Opening(Concert Film)
    02. Nightrider (Music Video)
    03. Prophecy (Concert Film) – Live In Tokyo, 1983
    04. Gonna Get Close To You (Concert Film)
    05. Eyes of A Stranger (Music Video) – Alternate Version
    06. Empire (Concert Film)
    07. Best I Can (Music Video)
    08. Silent Lucidity (Music Video)
    09. Jet City Woman (Music Video)
    10. Another Rainy Night (Without You) (Concert Film)
    11. Another Rainy Night (Without You) (Music Video) – Alternate Version
    12. Anybody Listening? (Concert Film)
    13. Resistance (Concert Film) – Live
    14. Walk In The Shadows (Music Video) – Live
    15. The Thin Line (Music Video) – Live
    16. Take Hold Of The Flame (Music Video) – Live
    17. The Lady Wore Black (Music Video) – Live
    18. Silent Lucidity (Music Video) – Live
    19. Building Empires End Credits (Concert Film)
    20. Menu / Queensrÿche / Building Empires (Concert Film)

 

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